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Doppler is Warning You!

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Bibb County GEMS-U team conducting interviews:  Gracie, Ahyunna, Maci, Lydia, and Amy.


Bibb County School District

Brent Elementary School and Centreville Middle School


This podcast consists of four meteorologists describing Doppler radar.  The first is Ms. Jessica Talley and Ms. Kristina Sumrall from the National Weather Service in Calera, AL.  She describes how Doppler works.  The second is Ms. Stephanie Walker of Alabama's13 (NBC).  She is a broadcast meteorologists and tells how she uses Doppler to inform the public about upcoming weather.  Finally, James Spann from ABC3340 tells about tornadoes and how they look on Doppler radar.

Length: 7:00

Aligned to the following ALEX lesson plan:

Doppler is Warning You!

Content Areas: Math, Science, Career and Technical Education

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (5)
10. Identify spheres of Earth, including the geosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere.
  • Describing technology used to investigate Earth
  • Examples: sonar, radar, seismograph, weather balloons, satellites
  • Describing the rock cycle
    TC2 (3-5)
    7. Explain the influence of technology on society.
    Examples: multiple digital communities, medical and agricultural advancements
    TC2 (3-5)
    8. Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
    Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries
  • Using technology tools to organize information
  • Demonstrating efficient Internet search strategies
  • Example: keyword search
  • Evaluating electronic resources for reliability based on publication date, bias, accuracy, and source credibility
    TC2 (3-5)
    10. Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.
    Examples: publishing online journals, sharing presentations, contributing to online discussions, communicating with experts
  • Producing digital works collaboratively
  • Examples: developing shared writing projects and group multimedia projects
    SC2015 (6) Earth and Space Science
    12. Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information (e.g., weather maps; diagrams; other visualizations, including radar and computer simulations) to support the claim that motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
    a. Use various instruments (e.g., thermometers, barometers, anemometers, wet bulbs) to monitor local weather and examine weather patterns to predict various weather events, especially the impact of severe weather (e.g., fronts, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, ice storms, droughts).

    National/Other Standards:


    2. Communication and Collaboration

    Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

    a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
    b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
    c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
    d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.


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